Thursday, August 05, 2010

Off to the Fair


I can now say that I feel like an official Gem County Resident, because yesterday I finally entered some items in the county fair. I have wanted to do this for years, but never just buckled down and did it. So, yesterday morning I got up at 5:00 a.m., and had quite a good time, baking my little heart out and preparing my entries for judging. Then, the boys and I trudged over to the Expo Hall and dropped everything off. I then spent the afternoon waiting to go back to the fair to see the judge's results, and to get a look at all of the other entries. In the end, my rosemary bread took first place (in all fairness, there was only one other loaf of bread entered!), my mother's whoopie pies earned a blue ribbon, Steve's favorite cookies earned second place, and my photo of Camden and Violet at Reid State Park took 3rd place in the amateur/action photography division.
Whoopie Pies are unheard of for the most part, out West...and when I submitted my entries yesterday, they really threw the ladies for a loop. They wanted to know, "Is this a cake? Is it a cookie? The name states 'pie'...is it a PIE???" Those poor women just wanted to know what the heck they actually were. After much discussion, they finally agreed with me that they should be entered under the "filled cookie" category, but I had to state that clearly on my entry tag 'so as not to confuse the judges'. Too funny!
I cased the joint and made some mental notes for next year, and have a new plan of attack, because I really need to win the coveted "Queen of the Kitchen" ribbon....

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You crack me up! I have been dreaming of whoopie pies. I have been a very good girl and did not have any when I went to Maine. I would like to bake a batch but I would just eat them all.
Rachel

Heather said...

Rachel I don't think I could go to Maine and not eat one. I was obsessed with them while in Maine this past June. I think peanut butter whoopie pies might be my favorite variation on the traditional. Luckily, I live with three boys, so when I make a batch, I'm very lucky to get one for myself. Otherwise, I'd probably eat the whole batch, too!

Jen said...

I was hoping you'd post a photo of your prize-winning entries! You could make some money selling those whoopie pies in Idaho - Wayne would be your only competition.

Cheryl said...

Congratulations on your awards Heather! Well deserved. I think the photo of Camden and Violet is a winner indeed!

Heather said...

Thanks, Cheryl! Jen, Steve and I went to Karcher Farm Stand recently and I panicked because I couldn't find Wayne's whoopie pies...turns out they just had them in the fridge, out of the blazing heat! Phew!

Jenn said...

Love the story about the whoopie pies...I had some friends visiting from out of the New England area and they asked me what the deal was with whoopie pies :) Congrats on your winnings!

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